Cultural/MFL tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

Prices from £199 based on 40 students and 5 staff

Suggested itinerary

  • Day one
  • Depart from school by coach
  • Connect with channel crossing
  • Stop at Honfleur en route
  • Arrive at accommodation
  • Day two
  • Mont St Michel
  • Mont St Michel Abbey
  • Oyster farm
  • Day three
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Bayeux Cathedral
  • Cider/apple juice distillery
  • Local market visit
  • Day four
  • Depart accommodation
  • Stop en route Chocolate Factory
  • Return back to the UK on coach

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Cultural/MFL tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

  • Swimming - Aquanacre

    Subject/age range: MFL, Physical Education, 8+

    What you’ll experience:

    Aquanacre is located in Douvres-la-Délivrande, just 10 minutes from the Château du Baffy. The swimming centre has 3 pools, one outside, and a pentagliss (parallel slides).

    Select says:

    Swimming is always a fun activity to choose for the students and great for unwinding as an evening activity.

    Allow: 1 hour 30mins

  • Ferme de la Mimarnel - Goat's Cheese Farm

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 10+

    What you’ll experience:

    Ferme de la Mimarnel is a small family run goat’s cheese producer in the village of Cambremer, approximately an hour’s drive east of Château du Baffy. During a visit, groups will have the opportunity to see the goats and to taste the cheese during a guided tour in French.

    Select says:

    The tour will give students an insight into the stages of the cheese making process whilst enabling the development of their language skills.

    Allow: 1 hour 30

  • Oyster Farm - La Calvadosienne

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Geography, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    During your visit students visit the oyster banks and learn about the oyster and the history of oyster farming in Europe. La Calvadosienne is accredited as an “educational farm” and the complete visit is available in English. You will also learn how the tidal system affects the farming of the oysters.

     

    Select says:

    La Calvadosienne is located to the east of Arromanches within the oyster farming area of Asnelles-Meuvaines.

    Allow: 1-2 hours

  • Honfleur

    Subject/age range: MFL, Art, Cultural, Geography, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    A town with a rich artistic and historical heritage, Honfleur has beautiful old houses, narrow paved streets, monuments, little shops, traditional restaurants, galleries, artists' studios, a fishing harbour and a marina.

    Select says:

    The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Monet, Boudin, Courbet, and many others. Great place to stop for lunch on route to your destination or on the way home to break up the journey.

    Allow: 1-2 hours

  • Bakery – Boulangerie Les Co-Pains near Cambremer

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The children actively participate in the bread making process, from visiting the mill and learning about the different types of flour to kneading the dough and seeing the stages in dough production such as weighing the dough, shaping it, cooking it in the oven, and cooking time.

    Select says:

    Each child may take the bread they have made with them. There is an indoor/outdoor picnic area on site. This is a must do excursion and one of Select’s favourites in Normandy. It has a great atmosphere and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. Tours can be tailored to ages and language abilities.

    Allow: 2 hours 30 mins

  • Mont Saint-Michel and Abbey

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, History, Geography, RS, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    Mont St-Michel is in the heart of a great bay that has the highest tides in Europe. After going through the Boulevard Gate and the King’s Gate fortified with its portcullis, you will find the main street with museums, shops and houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. After admiring the Abbey church, you can enjoy the beautiful view over the bay from the ramparts path.

    Select says:

    The Abbey was turned into a prison during the days of the French Revolution and Empire, and needed to be restored before the end of the 19th century. You must transfer to the local bus over the causeway as coaches and cars are now restricted. This is due to a regeneration project going on in the area currently - more information is available at the visitors centre near the car park before you go over the causeway.

    Allow: Half a day

  • Bayeux Tapestry Museum

    Subject/age range: MFL, Art, Cultural, History, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The Bayeux Tapestry is a unique source on the 11th century beginning with Harold's eventful journey to Normandy through to the Battle of Hastings. Visits are by audio-guide giving commentary on the scenes.

    Select says:

    There is a simplified audio version in English especially for children.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Bayeux Cathedral

    Subject/age range: MFL, Art, Cultural, History, RS, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The cathedral of Notre-Dame in Bayeux is an impressive building with a mix of Romanesque architecture in the 11th century crypt and Gothic in the 13th-century nave. The crypt contains some beautiful murals and the stained-glass windows in the chapel are stunning.

    Select says:

    Read the diagram on the stairs before you descend into the crypt, as it gives some information about the images below.

    Allow: 30 mins

  • Manoir d'Apreval, apple juice/cider farm

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    There is a guided tour to show you the collection techniques, mixing apples, fermentation, and the process of distillation.

    Select says:

    You will also be able to sample some of the wonderful apple juice.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Market Visits

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The markets in Normandy are fabulous places for students to see and sample the diversity of local produce and traditions, and to experience a colourful, lively and welcoming atmosphere. It's also a great chance to try out their language skills. A full list of possibilities can be viewed a at the Normandy tourism website market page.

    Select says:

    Bear in mind that most markets take place in the morning or on specific days. Some accommodations allow you to take food back and make lunches for your group after the market visit. Some groups enjoy doing this as a French language use excersise.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Chocolate Factory – Les Marianik's, Touques

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    At Marianik's, located in Touques on the Normandy coast, you can see the production of beautiful and traditional artisan chocolates.

    Select says:

    Make sure you sample some!

    Allow: 1 hour

Cultural/MFL tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

Learning areas:

Why not link your cultural tour to your school PSHE planning? Areas covered could include: gaining self-confidence and independence; working together and making new friends; trying new activities; enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives; recognising and managing risks; take increasing responsibility for themselves.

For KS3/4 how about linking a cultural tour to the Citizenship curriculum: to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis.

For KS2 – how about linking to the Foreign Language curriculum: listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding; engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; develop accurate pronunciation and intonation; broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words.

KS3 Modern foreign language: develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests; listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately; initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address; speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation.

 

 

Select Extras:

For KS2 students to practise their language skills pre-tour try these resources:

BBC Primary French - language lab

BBC Primary French - all about me (also includes French sounds video and songs)

KS3/KS4 There are some fantastic video clips available here including situations such as a visit to the market:

KS3 BBC Bitesize - a visit to the market

KS4 BBC Bitesize GCSE resources

Have you thought of selecting a relevant movie for the coach journey? We recommend Ratatouille!

Cultural/MFL tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

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    Château du Baffy

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    Location: Colombiers-sur-Seulles

    Capacity: 110

    The Château is only 6 kilometres from the picturesque seaside town of Courselles-sur-Mer with its yacht harbour and sandy beaches, and is also on the doorstep of Bayeux and the World War II landing beaches. It's the perfect base for groups to enjoy the wealth of excursions and educational experiences on offer in this historical area.

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    UNCMT Tailleville

    Our rating: PLUS

    Location: Tailleville

    Capacity: 50

    Tailleville is a traditional rural hamlet just 3km from Courseulles and 12km from Arromanches. The UNCMT is set in its own grounds and is a great accommodation for school groups, with classrooms available if required as well as plenty of enclosed outside space.

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    CPCV Normandie

    Our rating: PLUS

    Location: Houlgate

    Capacity: 94

    Located in its own grounds in the attractive seaside resort of Houlgate, just 50m from the seafront and beach, also within easy walking distance of the town centre.

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    Hotel le Canada

    Our rating: PLUS

    Location: Ouistreham

    Capacity: 55

    Located in Ouistreham 200m from Sword Beach, one of the famous sites of the Second World War where British troops landed. The town centre is only 500m away.

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    Le Home du Cotentin

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    Location: Agon-Coutainville

    Capacity: 170

    This property occupies an ideal position just 50m from the seafront in Agon-Coutainville. Le Home du Contentin is located between Mont-Saint-Michel and the landing sites from June 1944, in front of the islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

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